Life Prayer

I know Life is living
Beyond what I see
And Being is being
Itself within me.
So freeing the freedom
Of all that I Am,
My heartbeat is heartened
With Spirit in hand.

For true gifts are given
To one and to all.
The king of all kingdoms
In greatest and small.
The beautiful beauty
Of peace, hope, and love;
The mind that is mindful
Of goodness above.

And seeing is seeing
One picture of life.
Yet Being is being,
No matter the strife.
And love always loving
Despite every care.
No limits can limit
The Lifeforce we share!

The Real I have realized,
This Truth is for me.
My thanks cannot thank You
For letting me be.
Yet living is living
As long as I might;
Your gifts I am giving
To carry Your Light!

I know Life is living
Beyond what I see
And Being is being
Itself within me.
So freeing the freedom
Of all that I Am,
My heartbeat is heartened
With Spirit in hand.
–And so it is!

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Paradise

Happy Easter! May the blessings of the Resurrection be with you, now and in any moment!

Instrument: Brio – Red Cedar Concert Ukulele

1. In every trial
And extra mile,
Through all the while,
The peace in knowing;
In His Presence be still.
And every day
There is a way
To be ok
And feel the blessing
Of the Power that heals.
Refrain:

2. There is a Word
That isn’t heard,
But it is stirred
So deep inside us
By the Spirit of Love.
So much to be
And do and see
When we believe
Upon the living
Christ and Father above!
Refrain:

We may be with Him
In Paradise!

Refrain:
For Christ is risen!
And hope is given
That we may live in
Paradise!
Safe in His keeping,
Waking and sleeping,
Laughing and weeping,
He is our Light!

Cinderella Consciousness – What It Is and What to Do About It

Cinderella is a victim of fate. A slave to her stepmother and stepsisters, she works from dawn to dusk and sleeps , according to the fairy tales, in a place not fit for human habitation. But, in true fairy tale fashion, a Godmother and Prince rescue her, and she lives happily ever after.

We would like to think victim hood no longer exists for humanity. Yet it does. Whether as physical bondage similar to Cinderella’s, mental and emotional abuse, or one’s own limited thoughts and beliefs, there are still many victims in this world. And as long as this world exists as we know it, there will always be victims. The only way to rid the world of victims – and by extension, victors and rescuers – is to create a new world!

Is this another fairy tale? No, but it requires inner change. Contrary to popular belief, outward changes in circumstances, relationships, and environment are only part of the package, the part we can see and measure. The real change happens in the mind. It transforms attitudes, thoughts, beliefs, and the subconscious mind. This is important, because the subconscious mind, according to its dominant state or pattern, makes at least 90% of decisions in our lives. So, even when we think we’re making a conscious decision, the subconscious is really pulling the strings. And it’s pulling old strings – it’s reliving old habits, beliefs, and patterns – and it’s doing so on our time!

If we’re going to be puppets, then we’d best serve a loving master! The subconscious mind, in its personal, limited, default state, is not that loving master. Instead, it maintains the status quo, keeps us in our (uncomfortable?) comfort zone, and makes sure we repeat old experiences, because at least it’s familiar with them and doesn’t have to stretch into the unknown.

Psychology continues to study the subconscious mind and offer tools to reframed it. These tools are helpful to many and serve a positive purpose in society. However, only a Higher Power creates lasting change. This Higher Power is not knowledge, but Love. It is Spirit, Universal Mind, Cosmic Consciousness, or God. It is a loving Master and Creator.

So, the way to create a new world and leave Cinderella’s victim consciousness behind, is to seek, find, and co-create with this Higher Power within. And indeed, It is within each one of us. We could think there is no Creator, no Spirit, no God. But is that helpful? My experience has been that those are hopeless thoughts that give us nothing to live for. First, if you haven’t already done so, recognize the ultimate, eternal, forever existence of the Higher Power. Remember that it is not sub (lower) consciousness, but Cosmic, Universal Consciousness.

When we accept God’s existence, we can connect with that same Presence and Power. We do this through meditation, prayer, communing with nature or others, music, dance, by reading uplifting material, noticing the beauty around us… It is a new way of living for most of us, a state of quiet mindfulness, yet Higher expectation, seeking the kingdom within.

Meanwhile, we still have a subconscious mind. For this reason it’s essential to meditate or otherwise connect with God daily, perhaps many times throughout the day. Eventually the subconscious will quiet, as we continually turn it over to the God-Power working through us.

Change is gradual, even though some things seem to change in a snap. This inner work is very subtle. There probably won’t be a lightning bolt experience, but you could have one! That’s not the goal, however. The goal is true, lasting change, that radiates outward and becomes visible throughout all areas of life. More than that, the goal is to connect with our True Self, Higher Presence, God-within.

When we do, we’ll notice sooner or later, that we are no longer victims. People treat us better, and more than that, we treat ourselves better. We respect others by first acknowledging and respecting what is within us. And we recognize that same Presence in other people and things.

Outward change is necessary, but not by itself. We can change our furnishings all we want. If the foundation of our home is still cracking or weak, new furnishings won’t fix it. We must work on the foundation, the framework, of our lives. In this way we get a new identity, a spiritual relationship to ourselves and others, that changes lives from the inside, outward.

This is no fairy tale, but the good, purposeful life God intends for each of us.

Hosanna! Hallelujah! Amen!

Based on mystical meditation and Aquarian Gospel 150, Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11: The Triumphal Entry.

Some Christian denominations take a break from the word (and hymn if they use one) Hallelujah during Lent, and “resurrect” it at Easter. Metaphysics has no preference, as many Metaphysical ministers don’t even use the word. I, however, like the way “Hosanna! Hallelujah! Amen!” sounds, so it’s included here.

Today is Palm Sunday, as well as Spring Equinox in the northern hemisphere, and Full Moon is in 3 days! May we cooperate with the God-within, Source and Creator of all nature!

Hosanna! Hallelujah! Amen! – Lyrics

Note: My usual recording device is on the fritz; I apologize for this poorer quality.

Instrument: Nell – Long Neck Soprano Ukulele
(Reentrant Bb tuning)

Refrain:
Hosanna! Son of David,
Lord of hosts, and king of kings!
He’s come to love;
Above all heav’n and earth we sing!

Hosanna! Hallelujah! Amen!

1. Riding on a donkey,
But not sitting on a throne,
Jesus showed the world
How the kingdom can be won.
Refrain:

2. “Hosanna in the highest!”
In joyful voices raised.
With open hearts and minds,
The little children sang and praised.
Refrain:

Hosanna! Hallelujah! Amen!

3. Humbly Jesus came to earth
To do the Father’s Will.
And humbly does the Christ unfold,
Our purpose to fulfill.
Refrain:

4. If we don’t sing His praises,
But choose to keep our peace.
The stones will start to cry out;
May His glory never cease!
Refrain:

Hosanna! Hallelujah! Amen!
Hosanna! Hallelujah! Amen!

Doctorate Received!

Boom! Yesterday I got a big envelope in the mail. I have to scan mail or ask someone to read it, but I know what comes in a huge envelope backed by a piece of cardboard…

My doctoral diploma in Metaphysical Science (Msc.D.) from the University of Metaphysics! Cheers!

The dissertation, “Breathing and Voicework in Metaphysical Practice,” was a lot of work, but a natural topic for me. Making sure the physical voice, and any sound we make, is authentic, is very important to me personally. Many practices can be involved, but they all lead to the same thing – experiencing God-within and radiating that Oneness outward. The research and practice was fun and enlightening!

Along with the journaling practices from my masters thesis, I offer voicework as well. Local workshops are upcoming, and individual sessions are available, in person and online. I’ll be updating Mystical Strings with these offerings, options, and prices soon.

This is not an ending, but the turning of a page. The degree is an accomplishment. I affirm that I cooperate with God’s Power working through me to fulfill the divine purpose of my soul in this and any moment.

To everyone who has, does, or will ever encounter the work I’m blessed to co-create, I give my heart-felt thanks! I am here, this work is here, to draw us inward to the God of our being, Source of all creations!

Thank you, Namaste!

And so it is!

Good to Be Green

Instrument: Caera –
Mahogany Tenor Ukulele in 5ths Tuning

1. A famous frog once lamented,
“It’s not easy being green.”
It’s loud and bright and memorable,
A difference clear to see.
You cannot be invisible,
You glimmer with a sheen,
And it’s good, it’s so good to be green!
Refrain:

2. We don’t all have to look like
Other froggies on the scene.
We’re loud and bright and memorable,
A difference clear to see.
We cannot be invisible,
We glimmer with a sheen,
And it’s good, it’s so good to be green!
Refrain:

3. The Spirit is inside us,
And It guides us how to be.
It’s loud and It’s bright, and It’s memorable,
It’s a difference clear to see.
It cannot be invisible,
It glimmers with a sheen,
And it’s good, it’s so good to be green!
Refrain: (Twice)

Refrain:
Green! The color of vibrant life.
Ground what is old; let the new take flight.
Be who you are; don’t apologize.
‘Cause it’s good, it’s so good to be green!

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Enjoy these posts with St. Patrick’s Day or Celtic flavor:
Limericks
Drama Song
Star – Relaxation Music
Simple Blessing – Music and Poem

Kick off Our Blankets

Instrument: Tempo – Seagull Excursion Folk Acoustic Guitar
(Capo 2)

1. The Winter’s had us all wrapped up in blankets, you know,
Swaddled from the snow and dark and cold.
We kick ’em off and celebrate the Springtime and flow,
Uncovering our Spirit bright and bold!
Refrain:

2. And all of those emotions we’ve been hiding? You know,
They’re covered up but cannot be denied.
They’ll tear a hole in every single layer and flow,
Until we let them see the Light inside!
Refrain:

3. The thoughts we think are habits long established, you know,
The blanket statements thrown across our mind.
It’s time to give the upper room a cleansing and flow
To thinking of the great, inspired kind!
Refrain: (Twice)

Refrain:
So, let us kick off our blankets;
We don’t need their shelter now!
The Light within emerges
As we let It show us how.
The Spirit is our Comforter,
As gentle as a cloud.
So, let’s kick off our blankets;
We don’t need their shelter now!